Making Music with SONAR Home Studio, 1st Edition

  • Craig Anderton
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  • ISBN-10: 1305489195
  • ISBN-13: 9781305489196
  • DDC: 781.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 432 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Computers have changed the way we make music. For less than a thousand dollars (including the computer!), you can have a studio in your bedroom that rivals the capabilities of million-dollar studios of not that long ago. One of the best tools at the recording musician's disposal is SONAR Home Studio, a powerful and relatively inexpensive digital audio workstation. But to truly maximize your creativity, you need more than just the program and the manual, you need guidance on how to actually use the program to make music-guidance included in this book. Making Music with SONAR Home Studio shows you howto use Home Studio as a creative tool, not just a recording program. It goes beyond the user manual to help you get started recording the right way in your home studio, then explains the how and why of using the program in easy-to-understand language. Everything from optimizing your recording setup to composing, recording, and mixing down a song is covered. Each recording scenario offers step-by-step detailed instructions and points you in the right direction for reaching your ultimate musical goals.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
1: SONAR Home Studio Overview and Navigation.
2: Recording Audio and MIDI.
3: Clip Editing in Track View.
4: Snapping and Grids.
5: Editing with the Process Menu.
6: MIDI Basics.
7: Piano Roll View MIDI Editing.
8: MIDI Drum Grid Editing.
9: Other MIDI Editing Options.
10: The Step Sequencer.
11: MIDI Plug-Ins.
12: Backing Up Data with System Exclusive Messages.
13: Software Synthesizers.
14: Track Freezing.
15: The ReWire Connection.
16: Mixing with SONAR Home Studio's Console View.
17: Using Signal Processors and Busses.
18: SONAR Home Studio's Plug-Ins.
19: Automation in SONAR Home Studio.
20: Control Surfaces.
21: ACT: The Key to Hands-On Control.
22: Groove Clips.
23: Recording Guitar with SONAR Home Studio.
24: Songwriting with SONAR Home Studio.
25: Creating Beats.
26: Recording Bass with SONAR Home Studio.
27: Creating Loop-Based Music with SONAR Home Studio.
28: Combining Audio and Video with SONAR Home Studio.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Craig Anderton

Craig Anderton is one of the most widely respected pro audio writers today. He is currently editor-in-chief of Harmony Central and executive editor of EQ magazine. He has played on, produced, or engineered more than 20 major label releases and written more than 20 books, as well as given seminars on technology and the arts in 38 states, 10 countries, and three languages. He maintains an active musical career; in addition to playing with German underground legend Dr. Walker, he's also one half of the "power duo" EV2 with Brian Hardgroove of Public Enemy.